You never know what your opportunities are going to be.
Sitcoms are like summer stock. You put it up in three days, and then you do it in front of an audience, so it’s a really great transition from theatre into camera work.
The goal isn’t to be successful; it’s to be happy. And so it doesn’t matter if I’m doing things in New York or teaching high school or I drop it altogether and sell coffee. The goal is to be happy, and people and relationships are what makes you happy.
Most people don’t think of Los Angeles as a theatre town, and that you have to go to New York to be in theatre, and it’s really not true.
I grew up listening to Bernadette Peters, Patti LuPone, and Angela Lansbury, so I grew up wanting to sound like Patti and Bernadette. What I realized, though, is that I can’t sound like that, and what makes their performances magical is their uniqueness.
I love to put on a wig, a costume, inhabit a different world and be called something different.
I think people are surprised to learn that I’m pretty goofy and pretty funny.
You can admire people for sure, and they’re worth admiring, but you need to find that special thing about yourself. It takes working hard, getting the technique, and learning to sing and all that stuff, but the master class is about bringing yourself to the role.
My own cabaret is constantly evolving with what is occurring in my own life, so motherhood is a natural addition to it.